This week in renewable energy: 5/31/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Solar power, nonprofits, and social change

  • This week, Smart Planet summed up the vital role women play in global renewable energy progress and discussed Barefoot College, an organization that improves life in rural communities by empowering women. Solar power makes the day-to-day lives of individuals and families easier, and its long-term benefits compound as women pursue careers in the field. As David Worthington notes, “Women in Rajasthan [India] are becoming local experts on solar installations, maintenance, and lighting.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists also tackles the subject, gathering insights from Tri Mumpuni, Kalpana Sharma, and Dipak Gyawali.

    File:Astonfield 5 MW Solar Power Plant in Osiyan, Rajasthan.jpg

    A 5MW solar power plant in Rajasthan, via wikimedia

  • Jena Maharramov leads the campaign to install solar panels on Texas Habitat for Humanity homes. (Denton Record-Chronicle)
  • Portsmouth brings us yet another example of elementary school students advocating for renewable energy. Sometimes students have to school elected officials! (Portsmouth Daily Times)

Public policy

  • A bipartisan effort in North Carolina successfully defended its renewable energy policy. (SEIA)
  • New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities backs renewable energy programs. (Alternative Energy Magazine)
  • This Tuesday, California broke solar and wind energy records. (KCET)

Global progress

  • Ernst & Young released its latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index—and this time, the United States lands on top. Check out the video below for a comprehensive explanation of the Index.
  • Australia will meet its renewable energy goal early—meaning that they will derive over 22% of its energy from renewable sources before 2020. (The Guardian)
  • Increasingly, legislators in the Philippines are advocating for renewable energy. According to Senator Loren Legarda, “[T]he Philippines have more than 200,000 megawatts of potential renewable energy capacity that remain untapped.” (Manilla Bulletin Publishing)

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